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Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

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Yale University Art Gallery displays art from nearly all cultures, but it's most famous for its collection of early Italian paintings, African sculptures, and modern art. Located in several buildings on the university campus, the gallery also houses world-renowned collections of American decorative and fine arts from as far back as the 17th century. Of particular note is the small collection of rare American silver. Opened in 1832, the gallery recently underwent renovations to connect three separate galleries while maintaining their distinct architectural styles; it reopened in 2012. For travelers who use our world travel planner, New Haven holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Yale University Art Gallery and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is the ultimate university art museum. Much smaller and more manageable than a big-city mega-museum like the Met in NYC, but with so many classic works of art side-by-side (all the better for tea...  more »
  • In this magnificent art gallery, rising from floor to floor (there is also a wonderful spiral staircase deserves if nothing else a photo) and take a journey through time and art, from ancient to modern art. Incomparable a chance to see many famous and exciting paintings of Hopper just in places ... it. But everything else, is magnificent.
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  • We visited over the holidays as we wanted to see the RI furniture collection special exhibit. WOW! This gallery is huge with fabulous works of art and other visual objects. We spent a couple of hours ...  more »
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  • This museum is an absolute gem. Like museums in London and Washington DC, the gallery and the British collection across the street are free, encouraging frequent and in depth interaction with the world class art therein. I've been there four times since discovering this magical destination in August and can't get enough of it. From the fantastic ancient art and artifacts on the first floor to the rare American furniture on exhibit to the surprisingly extensive contemporary art collection, the place takes my breath away. Best of all, it's never been crowded on any of my visits.
  • Yale has the money to show off priceless artifacts and art. Definitely a place to stop by when you are in New Haven. The African Collection room is stunning. In fact most of their art is amazing, no you won't find a Picasso here but you will find ART.
  • I was not expecting a world class art history museum to be nestled in downtown New Haven. Yes, it's Yale, but still-- it was a surprise. The collection is amazing, and the museum is free to the public! They have everything from 5000 year old Greek, Egyptian and Roman artifacts to contemporary American art, and everything in between (Rodin, Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, and so much more). I can't wait to go back and see more.
  • Great collection. Free admission. Excellent customer service. A must visit after Yale campus tour.
  • This is an excellent museum with an outstanding collection. You can see the entire museum in a day without feeling totally wiped out. The admission is free and there's a plethora of places nearby to eat. Afterall, it's a college town (Yale)